John Muir Trail Day 4 – Tuolomne Meadows over Donahue Pass. 16.4 mile shakedown hike.

John Muir Trail Hike

Woke up at 4:30am to wait in line at the Visitors Center for walk-up permits out of Yosemite. My morning routine needs work. Don beat me there by 45 minutes and was first in line for permits.

The early morning paid off and we received day-of permits for exiting Yosemite via Donahue Pass. Don and I said goodbye to our three other friends, who were heading home from Tuolomne, and hit the trail at 11:45am.

Dozens of northbound PCT hikers were scattered along the trail. Most had started their hike at the southern terminus on or around May 8. They looked hardened from the miles, steely-eyed and ready for some downtime, good food and a beer in town.

John Muir Trail Hike
Checking out the lakes from Donahue Pass

The resupply I picked up in Tuolomne, combined with extra food I was carrying from leaving a day earlier than expected, maxed out the capacity of my new Gossamer Gear backpack. By the time I reached the top of Donahue Pass, my back was in agony. And by the time we reached our campsite for the night, I was dehydrated, dizzy and feeling nauseous.

I skipped dinner, drank some water and slipped into my sleeping bag. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better. I can’t climb another pass like this.

Mountain Pass 2/10 – Donahue Pass (11,073′)

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Robb Keele

Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker, picture taker and 52 Hike Challenger. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.
Robb Keele

4 thoughts on “John Muir Trail Day 4 – Tuolomne Meadows over Donahue Pass. 16.4 mile shakedown hike.

  • March 3, 2017 at 9:22 am
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    Robb I’ve missed your pictures and your writing!! And it needs to be summer already, I am so sick of winter!

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    • Robb Keele
      March 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm
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      Hey Doris!

      Thanks so much! Time is elusive these days. Looking forward to getting back in the groove.

      You should come down to SoCal. It might as well be summer. It was like 80 degrees and completely clear out today 😉

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  • March 2, 2017 at 6:51 pm
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    You were killing it climbing Donohue Pass. The only reason I knew you weren’t feeling well was because you said it.

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    • Robb Keele
      March 3, 2017 at 6:19 pm
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      Hey Don!

      Thanks man. It was the only time on the hike I felt uncertain. Thanks for your help with the adjustments. That made all the difference!

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